- Bicton Woodland Railway
- Countryside Museum
- St Mary's Church
- Bicton House
- The Hermitage
- Past attractions
Sunday, 31 May 2009
Thursday, 28 May 2009
During the period that the Rolle family owned Bicton, many of the features that we can see today were developed. In 1957 Bicton House, the lake and Home Farm were sold to Devon County Council for use as an agricultural and horticultural college and in 1961 the decision was made to restore the existing gardens to their former glory after neglect during the war years. It was two years later that the gardens first opened to the public. The woodland railway was created as both an attraction, now that a Manor House no longer provided a feature, and also an interesting way for visitors to view the gardens and get to the Hermitage summer house at the far end of the grounds. In 1986 Bicton was given to a charitable trust.
Today the 63 acre, Grade 1 listed gardens are owned and run by Simon and Valerie Lister who bought the Bicton in 1998. The main attractions are still preserved and the gardens look as great as ever.
Photograph: The Gardens in the early 1960's. ©Jarrold & Sons Ltd.
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
In the last post I featured a picture of my sister and I sitting in the cab of an engine called 'Budley'. After a good Googling, I have found my old friend.
Budley was a Ruston & Hornsby locomotive type 13DL, purchased by the Ministry of Works in 1945 for use on 2ft guage track. In 1959 the Fairy Glen Miniature Railway re-gauged the engine to 18 inch and six years later it was sold to Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. Bicton Woodland Railway then got it in 1974 and named the engine Budley after Budleigh in Devon.
Budley is just a shell without gearbox or engine. Its new owners, The Royal Gunpowder Mills are going to re-build budley to a working engine. They purchased Bicton's other locomotives along with old Budley in 2000. More on this another time.
Picture below © 'Jampics'
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
This blog will give an insight into the history of Bicton Park Gardens in Devon and I will also explain my own fascination with this beautiful place. I will also share my collection of images. Please be patient and you will be rewarded.